Senior-level hires and promotions for the week of Aug. 27, 2018


Jay Pelham has been named principal, client services at Kaufman Rossin. He was most recently president of TotalBank from August 2015 through June; before that, he had been executive vice president at Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust for seven years. Pelham, a CFP, has a bachelor’s in economics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


Christian Bertot recently joined Grove Bank & Trust as senior vice president and regional market manager. He was vice president and area manager for retail banking at Popular Community Bank. Bertot has a bachelor’s in business administration from Florida International University.


Joe Fernandez has been promoted to chief operating officer at Suffolk. He will responsible for the company’s operations on Florida’s east coast. Fernandez, a former U.S. Navy Seal team member, was previously vice president. Fernandez has a degree in construction management from Florida International University.


Juan C. Zorrilla has been elected an equity shareholder at Fowler White Burnett in Miami. He is in the firm’s commercial litigation practice group. Zorrilla has a bachelor’s, and a J.D., from Boston College.


Debra Lombard has been named director of Giborim U, a year-round program of courses and social events for youth and adults with special needs, held at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center in Davie and available to anyone in the community with varying disabilities. She was executive director of the Exceptional Theater Company, a nonprofit arts organization.


Maria Daniel Espina has been named director of group sales at Trump International Beach Resort in Sunny Isles Beach. Most recently, she was the international sales manager for Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa, a luxury boutique resort off the coast of Nicaragua.

Mark J. Wohl has been hired as first vice president investments at Tiktin Real Estate Investment Services in North Miami Beach. He was previously at Ten-X, a national online marketplace, where he covered the southeast region as part of its broker channel efforts. Wohl has a BBA in entrepreneurship from Pace University.

This space lists promotions of executives at the director level and above who are based in Broward, Miami-Dade or Monroe counties. Announcements, also at, are for full-time, paid positions — not for board or volunteer positions. Send items, with jpeg of a head shot, to Please use the word ‘Movers’ in the subject field of the email.

Mover’s spotlight

Name: Pete Tuffo

New position: President and general manager of the Southeast region of Suffolk, a national construction management firm. He will oversee offices in Tampa, Estero and West Palm Beach as well as Miami, where he will be based.

From: He joined the company in 2012 as vice president of the company’s southwest Florida operations.

About: Suffolk is a $3 billion national construction management firm that has experienced a steady revenue climb in recent years and projects another 20 percent increase in 2018. The company has added more than 200 employees in the past three years, including 60 professionals along Florida’s Gulf Coast and over 150 on Florida’s East Coast.

Education: Tuffo has a bachelor’s in construction management from Western Michigan University.

Best advice: While technical skills will always be important, you can never underestimate the value of how you communicate and work with the people around you. Relationships are everything.

See past senior-level hires and promotions in South Florida for 2017-2018: Jan. 2, 2017Jan. 9, 2017Jan. 16, 2017Jan. 23, 2017Jan. 30, 2017 Feb. 6, 2017Feb. 13, 2017Feb. 20, 2017Feb. 27, 2017 March 6, 2017 March 13, 2017 March 20, 2017 March 27, 2017 April 3, 2017 April 10, 2017 April 17, 2017April 24, 2017 May 1, 2017 May 8, 2017May 15, 2017May 22, 2017May 29, 2017June 5, 2017 June 12, 2017 June 19, 2017June 26, 2017July 3, 2017July 10, 2017July 17, 2017July 24, 2017July 31, 2017 Aug. 7, 2017Aug. 14, 2017▪ Aug. 21, 2017▪ Aug. 28, 2017▪ Sept. 4, 2017Sept. 11, 2017(No Movers ran on Sept. 18, 2017)Sept. 25, 2017 Oct. 3, 2017Oct. 9, 2017Oct. 16, 2017Oct. 23, 2017 Oct. 31, 2017Nov. 5, 2017Nov. 13, 2017Nov. 20, 2017(No Movers ran on Nov. 27, 2017)▪ Dec. 4, 2017▪ Dec. 11, 2017Dec. 18, 2017(No Movers ran on Jan. 1, 2018)▪ Jan. 8, 2018Jan. 15, 2018▪ Jan. 22, 2018▪ Jan. 29, 2018▪ Feb. 5, 2018▪ Feb. 12, 2018▪ Feb. 19, 2018▪ Feb. 26, 2018March 5, 2018▪ March 12, 2018▪ March 19, 2018▪ March 26 )(No Movers ran on April 2, 2018)April 9, 2018▪ April 16, 2018▪ April 23, 2018▪ April 30, 2018May 7, 2018 ▪ May 14, 2018 ▪ May 21, 2018 ▪ May 28, 2018 ▪ June 4, 2018 ▪ June 11, 2018▪ June 18, 2018▪ June 25, 2018 (No Movers ran on July 9) ▪ July 16, 2018 ▪ July 23, 2018▪  July 30, 2018 ▪ Aug. 6, 2018▪ Aug. 13, 2018 ▪ Aug. 20, 2018